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In todays society children as young as eleven are taking creatine to enhance their performance in the gym Kids think that creatine is their miracle cure for bulking up In most cases they hear about creatine from a friend who is taking it so the next day they go out to GNC and buy the biggest bottle they can find without knowing what it is what it does or what the side effects are This is why I write to youFirst of all let me tell you what exactly creatine is Creatine is a compound that is made in our bodies and can be taken as a dietary supplement On average a 160-pound person would have about 120 grams of natural creatine stored in their body When you are doing an intense quick-burst activity such as weightlifting your muscles must contract needing a quick source of energy while the force of muscle contraction depending on the amount of stored ATP Adenosine Triphosphate When the ATP is used it turns into ADP Adenosine Diphosphate Creatine increases the availability of ATP by reacting with the ADP in your body and turning it back into ATP The more ATP in your body means the more fuel for your muscles Creatine also helps to increase your muscle size by volumization Volumization is the process of pulling fluid into the muscle cells and thus increasing their volume Creatine also helps you to gain weight in this manner These are the only major side effects Certain side effects have been attributed to Creatine use Fortunately these effects are minor upset stomach muscle cramping diarrhea and dehydration In addition people tend to have more side effects when taking the powder as opposed to a more direct delivery method like serum or effervescent powder Drinking plenty of water when taking creatine can minimize most of these effects There is also some concern that creatine may place undue stress on the liver and kidneys
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